What’s in my camera bag?

I’ve recently sold all my Canon full-frame camera gear and so now I only shoot with one system, Micro Four-Thirds. This is the first time in a long while that this has been the case. When shooting with medium format, I also had 35mm kit. When I switched to digital, I also used a Fuji 617 panoramic camera. For the last few years, I’ve been using both digital full-frame and M43, so it’s quite a change to have just one system now. However, it does consist of both a zoom and prime lens set-up, to suit different shooting situations, so I’m still sort of keeping that multi-combination aspect even now! Continue reading

Flyover

I think it’s important in the development of your photography to give yourself a project to undertake, allowing you to concentrate on one subject, location or theme. This allows you to focus your thoughts more finely and get creative with the subject in hand, rather than trying to juggle multiple ideas and techniques, which can lead to mixed results or simply not getting the best out of a location or subject.

My latest idea has been on the cards for a while, but it was only after visiting one location by chance that I came across the subject that would set me off on this idea. The subject is simple and the set title ‘Flyover’, describes it in one go (I’ve never been one for coming up with fancy artsy fartsy names for my projects!) Continue reading

Teenage Tantrums

I was recently commissioned by a magazine to do a shoot on photographing teenagers. Not my usual subject, preferring urban landscapes or lush countryside to moody 17 year olds, but I’m always up for challenge, so I took the commission. In the end, the subjects were a joy to work with and after a three hour session over two days, I’m really pleased with the results. The Spot Healing tool got to work overtime in Photoshop, but that’s what being a teenager is all about! Continue reading

Hot air and formation arrows

I headed down to Bristol last weekend for the Balloon Fiesta that takes place each year. It was my first visit to the show and I thoroughly enjoyed the event. I caught one morning launch, two evening ones, a night glow, the Red Arrows display and then a morning shoot from the Clifton Suspension Bridge. The weather was generally good, but a bit cloudy at times, but it’s a well organised event and I’m sure I’ll be going back again. Here’s some of my images from the weekend. Continue reading

SkyRide

Went up to the Newcastle SkyRide at the weekend. Ideal for me as they combine my casual interest in cycling with routes around many of the UK cities that I love photographing. I even manged to bag a few new views of the city on my way round, shooting with the iPhone, as well as the Olympus OMD and 14-42mm zoom. Continue reading